5 Ways to Respond to the GC Vote

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Last Wednesday, fifty-eight percent of General Conference delegates from around the world voted against the motion that would have allowed individual divisions to decide whether to ordain women to the gospel ministry. The outcome of the much-awaited vote has been welcome news for many.  For others, it has brought sadness, dismay, anger, and frustration.  The explosion of emotion on Twitter …

Sacrificial Saving

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As part of the closing charge at GYC 2014, I challenged attendees to give funds for mission work, from $1 and upward per week. I am absolutely convinced that the amount of money raised by young people through sacrificial saving, creative earning, or personal influence would be staggering if everyone were to do faithfully what they can. In this post …

Retreat Report, Day 3

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Read about Days 1 & 2 of our retreat here.   After a long run of meetings, we opened the Sabbath with a devotional by one of our ECOM members on the promises God made to Abraham.  We were all sobered by Abraham’s patience for his long-awaited son, buoyed with his belief in the promises of God.  We were inspired to trust …

Retreat Report, Days 1 & 2

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Despite an intense snowstorm that blanketed the city last night, the GYC Executive Committee has arrived safely in Louisville for our annual retreat. We began our meetings yesterday by discussing what has influenced our personal spiritual lives—books, mentors, sermons, and mission experiences.  We then opened up the floor to one of our usual brainstorming sessions, affectionately known as “Green Lighting.”  Among our crazier …

He Was the Desire of Ages

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Who is Jesus? This is the Man regarding whom James Allan Francis comments, “When we try to sum up his influence, all the armies that ever marched, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned are absolutely picayune in their influence on mankind compared with that of this one solitary life.” By the simple, short record …

Witnessing to the Wealthy, Worldly, and Well-Educated

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There is a group of, by some estimates, over 60 million people who need the Gospel, yet are evangelistically neglected. They are among the most difficult to reach, and “traditional” methods tend not to work well with this group. Ellen White describes the situation: We talk and write much of the neglected poor; should not some attention be given also …

Big World, Pale Blue Dot

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I distinctly remember my first time traveling outside North America. As I walked along the airport terminal, I scanned at the flights boards—London, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Cairo, Stockholm, Dubai, Beijing—and then the faces of people from these cities all around the world. I had just come from a summer evangelism program where I’d seen God work in unbelievable ways. But …

Retreat Report: Days 3 & 4

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After welcoming the Sabbath together with a short vespers thought last night, we met again this morning at the Rochester Seventh-day Adventist Church for Sabbath School and church.  Dr. Michael Hasel, one of our Board of Directors (BOD) members and professor of archaeology at Southern Adventist University, gave a short presentation on the meaning of seals in the Bible.  We were deeply …

Retreat Report: Days 1 & 2

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Greetings from Minnesota, where we are currently in our second day of GYC Executive Committee (ECOM) and Board of Director (BOD) meetings.  Some of us have arrived quite late in the evenings from various locations around North America, but God has been giving us energy as we talk and brainstorm together. Yesterday, the ECOM learned the power of prayer once again as …

Prime Time and Prayer Time

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Last December I had the privilege of being a guest at the Revival & Reformation Committee Retreat. The one thing I loved best about being there was the seasons of prayer – bowing down before God in worship, repentance, and supplication for an hour at a time, several times during the weekend. On Sabbath night after sun had set, the …